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Smoothing Keyframes in Premiere Pro

Caleb Ward

You don’t have to be in After Effects to have smooth keyframes. Learn how to access the graph editor in this Premiere Pro tutorial.

When animating or setting keyframes, one of the most helpful tools you can use is the graph editor. Unfortunately, most people don’t know that there is a graph editor built directly into Premiere Pro.

In this quick Premiere Pro tutorial, we’ll show you how to access the graph editor and add new interpolations to your keyframes beyond that of the default bezier keyframes. Let’s begin:

Step 1: Set Keyframes in the Effect Controls Panel

Premiere Pro Tutorial, Step 1: Set Keyframes in the Effect Controls Panel Setting keyframes is easy. Simply hit the stopwatch icon to the left of your desired parameter. By default, Premiere will set a single keyframe as soon as you hit the stopwatch button.

To set another keyframe, move your playhead to your desired time and hit the small diamond between the left and right arrows to the right of your parameter’s values (see example).

Step 2: Set Your Interpolation

Premiere Pro Tutorial, Step 2: Set Your Interpolation Once your keyframes are set, right click on your keyframe and navigate to either temporal or spatial interpolation (depending on your effect) and select your desired interpolation.

Once selected, you should be able to see a small change in the way in which your clips behave.

Step 3: Adjust Bezier Handles as Needed

Premiere Pro Tutorial, Step 3: Adjust Bezier Handles as Needed If you want to adjust your keyframes even more, you can access the graph editor for each individual effect. Simply hit the small right facing arrow to the left of the keyframe stopwatch. You will now see a visual representation of your graph on the right side of the panel. Select the small handles to smooth out your effects even more. If you’ve worked with graph editors in other software like After Effects or Cinema 4D, this concept will be easy to use.

If you want to learn more about the importance of using a graph editor check out this blog post on RocketStock. Want to learn see even more Premiere Pro quick tips? Check out a few of the following resources:

Have any other tips for using keyframe interpolation in Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below.